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. gender issues. all wrapped up in one. to hold or to change. if it weren't for that, suppose romney had run as a moderate from the get-go. suppose obama had faced down his rival in that first debate the way he faced down hurricane sandy? would have, could have, should have, of 2012. and finally, taking it in the gut. one candidate will suffer a personal and profound loss next tuesday night. either the first african-american president or a man who feels a duty to so many others or the man who wanted to redeem his father's own failed presidential bid long ago. i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us new york magazine's john heilemann. cnn's gloria borger. the grio and msnbc's joy reid. and the huffington post howard fineman. first up, here we are in the time capsule. the weekend before the election asking why is this so close? still so unpredictable. both men face big hurdles to getting elected and that's why it's so close. president obama's got the jobless he inherited but can't quite beat. friday's new jobs report was encouraging but gains are still behind what we need. in a re
the president's midwestern firewall hold in mitt romney's efforts to expand the battleground map? we cover it all this morning with the architect of the president's re-election campaign, white house senior adviser david plouffe. and majority leader of the house, republican congressman from battleground virginia eric cantor. >>> also, our new head-to-head numbers in our poll and a primer on each side's path to 270. our political director chuck todd. >>> and then what issues mattered most in the campaign, like jobs? new jobless numbers out just days before the vote. and romney's religion and even foreign policy. our roundtable will weigh in. >>> democratic mayor of newark, new jersey, cory booker. host of msnbc's "morning joe" joe scarborough. republican strategist mike murphy. co-toast of "today," savannah guthrie. and nbc news special correspondent tom brokaw. >>> live from nbc news election headquarters at democracy plaza in new york, this is a special edition of "meet the press." with david gregory. >>> and good sunday morning. this is it from our nbc news election headquarters at new yo
, originally some reporting that you had video from mitt romney part of the film. why was that no longer part of the film in the end? >> there was an attempt to give context to the president's decision and obviously not just mitt romney but hillary clinton and joe biden and many others said long before the mission that they thought it would be mistake to go into our central ally on the war of terror unannounced and barack obama said he would do it. there was mitt romney news footage that he talked about it and it was removed. >> david, i want to talk to that, "national geographic" took that film out but netflix is playing with the clip restored. it's so we see in the clip mitt romney say definitively he would not pursue osama bin laden into pakistan and not worth spending billions to kill bin laden. what is in the movie is joe biden's initial opposition in 2008 and other people, edwards, so many people and try to be very fair about that. but mitt romney is definitive and i guess they thought having him say what he said, would have put it in a political context. but then the president's speech
on the campaign trail, obama and romney making a mad dash through the swing states. meantime, tempers flare. tonight a final poll on where this race stands and how sandy could impact the election. >>> plus the new big storm closing in threatening to disrupt a massive recovery operation. >>> and making a difference, the marathon may be off, but the race is on to help some of the hardest hit victims of the storm. from our election home, "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. in just over 48 from now, the first polling places here on the east coast will close in the presidential election. the final "countdown" is on and the gut check moment has arrived for president obama and governor romney as they make the crucial decisions as to where and how to marshall their resources into places they can still make a difference. and tonight, we're about to release the results of our time poll in this race, a last-minute snapshot that could give both camps a reason for hope and anxiety. and how the hurricane sandy disaster has affected this race. let's start with our political director and chief whi
and governor romney making their last minute sprints through the battleground states. tonight, the closing arguments and what to watch for as voters go to the polls. >>> also, misery, so many still struggling after hurricane sandy. we'll look at its possible effect on turnout tomorrow. and would you believe the threat from the next storm on the way, a nor'easter threatening for mid-week. the storm, and the election, our coverage, nbc nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and we can tell you it is almost over now, after a couple of years and a couple of billion, on the eve of decision 2012, we are very close to knowing the first indications of how this race is going to break. heading into election day, by all accounts this election is a statistical dead heat, the latest national head to head has this as a 48-47 race, while state polls vary and while the battleground states call for a lot, you can tell how tight the race is by watching the two campaigns, positively barnstorming the battleground states, battling it out, based on the hope of converts here. all this, while the whole region
to the tea party? and finally, this is my country. even mitt romney was echoing that cry from the anti-obama crowd, pledging to take our country back. but that is deep in the past. no matter how hard they want it, america's fewer you to -- future just won't look like the early 1950's. hi, i'm chris matthews. welcome to the show. with us today, the washington post bob woodward. "the washington post" kathleen parker, "the new york times" d helen cooper. first up. barack obama's place in american presidential history was upgrated tuesday with his convincing sweeping re-election by an entirely new american elect rat. -- electorate. >> we are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. we are and forever will be the united states of america. and together, with your help and god's grace, we will continue our journey forward. chris: bob, here we are five days later. i'm thinking, i still can't absorb the months and months and months we worried about which way this election mibet go and then to see it go in one simple cle
. this is the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll showing the president with just a 1% lead over mitt romney among likely voters nationwide. 48% to 47%. that is well within the margin of error of 2.5%. the candidates crisscrossing the country again today looking for an edge in swing states. president obama made stops in ohio, as well as wisconsin and iowa. all this before heading to chicago where he plans to spend election day. mitt romney just wrapped up a rally down in florida and emphasized the importance of the battleground state. >> your work is making a difference. the people of the world are watching. we can begin a better tomorrow tomorrow. with the help of the people in florida, that's exactly what's going to happen. >> ultimately, it's up to you. you have the power. you will be shaping the decisions for this country for decades to come right now. >> ohio and new hampshire will also play host to romney today, as will virginia, including a rally at george mason this afternoon. the commonwealth with mitt romney trailing the president with just 1%. >> how hot is this election? d.c. res
want to say thank you to the american people. i also want to say to governor romney, congratulations on a spirited campaign. i know that his supporters are just as engaged and just as enthusiastic. just as hard today. >> reporter: voter turnout seemed heavy. this was colorado, one of the battle ground states. other swing states today. new hampshire and virginia. voters lined up in many polling places. wisconsin, snow on election day. this was cleveland airport at midday. mitt romney's plane, paul ryan's and nearby, vice president biden's plane. they were all in ohio. romney and ryan headed to a volunteer center. stopping in a wendy's. >> hey, judy, this is mitt romney. how are you? >> reporter: biden, too, stopped in a restaurant. just a few more hours and they get the first returns. >>> we have more live team coverage in virginia and across the entire d.c. area. it has been a busy day. the northern virginia bureau chief julie carey is live in richmond and tonight all eyes are on the battleground states. julie? >> reporter: well, especially virginia. virginia is considered the state
. obama versus romney, democrats versus republican. the world is watching, and now it's your decision, america. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. well, millions of votes have already been cast and the candidates will do some last-minute politicking early today. in the swing state of ohio, nearly 1.8 million absentee ballots have already been cast. that's up from 2008. in florida nearly 4 point. >> petros: 5 million peop-- 4.5 million people have voted. president obama voted early this year. he'll do some swing state interviews and then play in his traditional election day basketball game and then wait in chicago. mr. romney has added two last-minute campaign stops in ohio. paul ryan will vote and join him in boston. joe biden will vote in delaware before joining him in chicago. tracie pots has the details on the final frantic day of campaigning. tracie, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, good morning. it may be a frantic day of voting too. this is one of the many polling places soon to open in ohio. take a look at the cincinnati inquirer. the headline, it's all up to us.
>>> tonight, just a few hours to this go before the polls open as president obama and mitt romney make one final push to win voters. >> people are still cleaning up after super storm sandy as another strong storm threatens the east coast. a system could bring rain and snow to our region. >> also a touching tribute tonight as family and friends gather to remember a promising teenager. she was killed on her way to school. millions of dollars spent on tv ads. it's all now coming down to this. >> both president obama and mitt romney are going late into the night with speeches in must-win states. steve handlesman is in cincinnati, ohio, on this election eve. >> mitt romney's final ohio rally filled a hangar in columbus with 10,000 screaming supporters. >> let's make sure everyone we know gets out to vote on tuesday. >> earlier introduced by bruce springsteen and jay-z. >> hello, ohio! are you fired up? >> president obama held his final day ohio event in columbus. an estimated 15,000 supporters and a pitch aimed at ohio. >> i'm proud we saved the auto industry. i'm even prouder that we'
, 48% of likely voters support president obama, while a close 47% favor governor mitt romney. the president holds the same narrow 48% to 47% edge among likely voters in virginia. mr. obama holds a slightly wider lead in florida with support from 49% of likely voters compared to romney's 47. and in all important ohio, our poll shows president obama holds a six-point lead over his republican rival with 51% to romney's 45. nbc's tracy potts is in cincinnati, ohio, with details on the candidates' final frantic day of campaigning. tracy, very good morning to you. >> reporter: veronica, good morning. good morning, everyone. it is going to be a very busy last day of campaigning. it was a busy weekend, especially here in ohio. all four candidates showing up here in various parts of ohio over the weekend. it is becoming very clear that all roads lead through ohio in this important presidential race. let's start with the president who is right here in cincinnati last night where he talked about governor romney and that six-point lead that he has as of now in our poll over governor romn
governor mitt romney, beating him with 303 electoral votes compared to romney's 206. most notable is the fact that obama carried just about all of the so-called swing states that many considered were up in the air, including ohio, colorado, nevada, wisconsin, and, of course, virginia, which he won narrowly. >> florida is actually considered too close to call. although more than 97% of the precincts are reporting, and president obama does have a lead in that state. the only state that obama lost this year but won in 2008 were indiana and north carolina. still, the swing state sweep gave obama a huge advantage, with experts calling the race in obama's favor once the votes for ohio came in around 11:30 last night. supporters joined both candidates as the votes came in last night with mitt romney's supporters in massachusetts and obama's supporters in chicago. >> that's where tracie potts is back with a look back on what ended up not being such a long night. >> reporter: we weren't even sure we'd have an answer for you this morning. they were major states outstanding early this mornin
is extremely important. today mitt romney has an action-packed schedule today. four states, including a stop in fairfax and george mason. new presidential numbers for virginia came out today. the nbc "wall street journal" survey puts 48% for president obama, 47% for romney. and the rasmussen poll shows 50% for romney, 48% for the president in the commonwealth. julie carey joins us from fairfax on romney's pit stop this afternoon. julie? >> reporter: well, it is emptied out now, but a short while ago the patriots center was filled up to the very top row. supporters here eager to show enthusiasm they hope will grab virginia for both mitt romney and the gop. mitt romney supporters were ready to roar from the start in the final rally. and their cheers grew louder when ann romney asked this question. >> are we going to be neighbors soon? >> reporter: and mitt romney's reaction? >> if anyone wants to know where the energy is, if anyone out there that's following american politi wants to know where the energy is, just come right here in this room and you'll see it. >> reporter: supporters also had
traveling with the romney campaign. and tonight that means headquarters, back home in boston. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. within the last hour, mitt romney just landed back here in boston after wrapping up his final campaign swing. tonight he's going to watch those returns alongside his wife ann and all five of their sons. during that last flight he spoke to reporters and said he was very proud of the campaign, adding, and i quote, we put it all on the field. at the end of an exhausting quest for the white house. mitt romney cast his ballot alongside his wife ann in their home state of massachusetts. his mind was on the midwest. >> i feel great about ohio. >> reporter: governor romney went straight from the polls to his campaign plane with paul ryan. >> i'm awed by the spirit and enthusiasm, support, energy, it's just amazing. thank you. >> reporter: while mr. romney thanks volunteers, later fueling up on fast food. it was a near traffic jam on the tarmac in cleveland. air force two carrying the vice president to a late campaign swing of his own touched d
dash. president obama and mitt romney race across the country today looking for last-minute votes. good evening, everybody, i'm jim handly. jim rosenfield is on assignment tonight. it is the final sprint to election day, and the latest nbc news/wall street journal poll confirms a nearly deadlocked rate. 48-47%. candidates are crisscrossing the country tonight. brian mooar follows them as they make their final case to voters. >> just two more days. >> reporter: two days before voters go to the polls. republican nominee mitt romney and president obama were fighting for votes in the battleground states. >> florida, in two days, you've got a choice to make. >> reporter: the final nbc news poll before the election shows the candidates are in a dead heat. president obama with a 48% to 47% lead. but the president's handling of hurricane sandy has boosted his approval numbers. >> you don't know what crisis the next president is going to confirm. >> reporter: in ohio, governor romney is six points down. that's forcing him to look to other states like iowa. >> we can do better, a better america,
obama tonight. how he won, why and why mitt romney lost. and the message the voters across america sent last night. we'll have a look at the trends and the results. >>> also, tonight, the east coast is taking another hit of extreme weather, and it will only get worse. it means more rough weather of people hit by hurricane sandy. the storm and election night news begins now. >>> good evening, while the nation tries to recover from a deep recession, and in a presidential race we were after all, all told was as close and as tight as they get. president obama, the 44th president of the united states was reelected last night. he was somehow able to stitch together a convincing victory, s win i winning just about all the battleground states that were so heavily fought over in the most expensive race in u.s. history. it was early this morning when the president appeared with his family, becoming the third consecutive two-term president we elected. not happening since the presidents jefferson, madison and monroe. president obama won both a decisive victory in both the electoral college. and her
>>> the weeks ahead, i look forward to sitting down with governor romney to talk about how to move forward. >> president obama looking ahead hours after his victory speech. also looking for -- virginia's new senator. >> now is the hard work. it's time for all of us to come together. >> in maryland, casino supporters celebrating a big victory this morning. >> good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's wednesday, november 7th, 2012. we begin with morning with the latest post election headlines. fresh off the big win, president obama celebrating his victory. the president and the rest of the first family head back to d.c. this afternoon. tim kaine defeated george allen in the senate race. he will discuss the win in richmond at noon. maryland voters passed all three ballot measures allowing the expansion of gamble, same-sex marriage and undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition. we'll have more on the election results. first, the latest on a storm headed in our direction. >> at this hour, rain has not started to fall in the metro a
's going to go to colorado now and will spend the night in columbus, ohio. meanwhile, mitt romney is rallying support on a campaign swing through virginia. steve handelsman on capitol hill now with the latest on this. >> reporter: besides virginia, and the other battlegrounds, both sides now have their eyes on a few other states that they either hope or fear might alter the election calculation. it's that close. the nine swing states still matter most. mitt romney went to virginia, a swing state where the polls show the race tied, and made his closing argument. >> if the president were to be reelected, you'll see high levels of unemployment continue, and stalled wage growth. if any wage growth at all, like we've seen over the last few years. >> reporter: his new ad is positive. >> mitt romney understands business. knows how to create jobs. and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in iowa, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went today, green b
to work together, democrats want us to work together. >> reporter: conceding his loss, mitt romney called for compromise. >> at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work. >> reporter: how did the people of america reject romney. one reason is our population has changed. a smaller share of whites voted, down to 72% of the total. more minorities voting, more young people. changes that favor democrats, like barack obama. he reached out last night to romney backers. >> and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. >> reporter: some republicans say they've learned. >> if we don't change modern conservativism, we're going to go extinct. >> reporter: in a nation that just gave barack obama four more years. bipartisanship is going to get an immediate test, the dreaded fiscal cliff. automatic cross-the-board tax hikes, and deep spending cuts are just seven weeks away. live from chicago, i've steve handelsman, news4. >>> a rough post-election day sell-off on
with president obama and mitt romney. and we're also watching the polls in your neighborhood. we begin with news4's adam tuss in battleground virginia. he joins us live. the lines have been long today. >> reporter: here at this polling place, the line has been about two and a half to three hours long all day. right now, it is moving. that's the good news. it still stretches down the hill and then has to go into the building. waiting to be a part of history. some in the cold shade dance a jig to stay warm keeping the feet moving. once inside the door, greeted by reality again. the line here snaking around corners. twisting and turning before the finish line finally in sight. >> it has been long, a big wait. i've had to cancel two meetings for work so far. i may even spend up spending a vacation day just to vote today. >> for those who can't wait that long, a chance to rest until their partner waiting in line gets close. some saying there should be more help on hand but most taking it in stride. big crowds and long lines. the norm at other locations in northern virginia. at this gym in arlington, h
-election. bloomberg cites the president's leadership on climate change. mitt romney visited virginia today, northern virginia bureau chief julie carey joins us with the countdown to election day. >> no surprise that both mitt romney and barack obama, final five day push for bring them to virginia. for romney, it was roanoke, the richmond area and virginia beach. the president returns to northern virginia to prince william county on saturday night. the factory floor of a window and door company in roanoke was one of three virginia stops for mitt romney, but none bring him to northern virginia this time around. romney took time to encourage donations to storm relief effort, the sharp criticism of his opponent was back as he mocked his proposal to have several agencies under a secretary of business. >> we don't need a secretary of business to understand business, we need a president who understands business, and i do. >> reporter: president obama tried to strike a balance. acknowledging how politics were briefly put aside this week. >> there are no democrats or republicans during a storm. they're just
. >> tonight, he's the projected winner there and in a cluster of northeastern states. mitt romney went to pittsburgh but pennsylvania tonight is projected an obama win. romney did win traditionally-republican southern and western states. >> until ohio, virginia, florida get tallied, this election remaining up in the air. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news at obama election night headquarters in chicago. >> our team is also in place covering the bigelow cal issues from the virginia senate race to the same-sex marriage and expanded gambling in maryland. we have reporters all over the place. we begin with the virginia senate race. >> george allen just conceded that race. julie is in richmond with more from tim kaine supporters. i imagine they're quite happy? >> there is a very fired-up crowd. they're getting ready for a victory speech. some of tim kaine's friends and family. he's held a lot of political titles in his career. virginia governor. he's been dnc chairman appointed by president obama and mayor and tonight he adds the title, virginia senator elect. by a slim margin he defeats republ
fireworks and partied into the morning. >> mitt romney's watch party did not look like much of a party. ahead, the message he had for president obama. >> ahead, how exactly the president took the race and who drove him to victory. plus a big celebration in maryland. voters made history. voters doing something that's never been done before. and rolling the dice in maryland, a casino on the potomac is a go. we'll tell you what's next on the project. >>> from this morning on election day with all there is to talk about, by the end of the day, it could be the weather dominating the conversation. >> it seems to be the case here a lot lately. we're about to get our first taste of winter weather this season. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is tracking it. tom? >> right now we have the first winter weather advisory of the season issued for our region. all the areas in light blue, carrollton, baltimore, northeastern maryland and parts of eastern pennsylvania could get up to four inches of snow later today. closer to washington, we're not going to have that much. right now all this coming
house for the next four years. president obama and governor romney neck and neck after waging the most expensive political campaign in u.s. history. will it be a long night that stretches into the morning? it's up to the voters today, tuesday, november 6th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," election day 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >>> and welcome to "today," and democracy plaza on this tuesday morning, election day 2012. good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer, and it seems like we've been talking about this day for the better part of two years because we have been talking about this day for the better part of two years. it's already here. seeing a lot of traffic at polling sites all across the country and especially in the swing states n.virginia, for example, people actually camped out overnight to be among the first in line. >> president obama is spending his day in chicago where he voted early two weeks ago. he's planning to do some satellite interviews to reach voters in the battlegr
candidates, mitt romney travelled from new hampshire to iowa to colorado. president obama made stops in ohio, wisconsin and iowa. northern virginia bureau chief julie carrie explains how the candidates are spending their final three days on the trail. >> the president's rally was his fourth battleground stop of the day pep travelled to ohio, wisconsin and iowa before wrapping up the day in northern virginia. before mr. obama arrived, there were two warmup acts of sorts for those who waited in the cold. dave matthews and former president bill clinton started things off. it was the president who drew thousands here tonight. and this was part of his final pitch. >> a spirit that says no matter how bad a storm is, we bounce back. no matter how tough times are, we're all in this together. the romney campaign is spending even more of its final days in virginia. today it was paul ryan who headlined rallies for the gop ticket in richmond. with paul showing virginia the closest of battlegrounds, ryan appealed directly for help in turning out the vote. >> when we talk to that friend, relative, neighbo
the ruins. >>> and down the stretch they come. president obama and governor romney crisscrossing the country hoping to persuade veters to vote for them on election day. and we are right in the middle of all the action "today," sunday, november 4, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with lester holt and erica hill live from democracy plaza. >>> good morning and welcome to "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt here on our beautiful little location. i call it the studio with a view, democracy plaza. our backdrop for nbc's election coverage. >> and a nice view it is. i'm erica hill. it's good you made it this morning extra early, ready to go. >> i forgot to set my clock. >> you did. >> the good news is i started my newscast an hour ago. thanks for watching and have a great sunday, everybody. >> lester is out of here. we should point out part of our job here at the "today" show and, of course, nbc news is to make sure our viewers are informed which jenna wolfe did a fine job of yesterday. you may have missed this part of the newscast, tho
he's in cincinnati, ohio. >> reporter: governor mitt romney began his last state push in florida. >> we could begin a better tomorrow, tomorrow, and with the vote of the people in florida, that's exactly what could happen. >> if you're tired of being tired, then i ask you to vote for change. help us win this. >> reporter: with bruce springsteen, president obama started today in wisconsin. >> you know that i'll fight for you and your families every single day, as hard as i know how. >> reporter: last night colorado, a huge rally. after a shimmy with stevie wonder in cincinnati, ohio. the president urged his backers to vote today. the lineso early voting in ohio have been long, but republicans won a fight to shorten voting hours. mary jenkins was out to get obama backers to the polls. she figured she could make the difference nationally. >> i wouldn't be able to sleep at night if i didn't put in every shift that i'm putting in over these four days. thank you so much for your enthusiasm. >> reporter: across town is a mitt romney phone bank. >> we're just calling to remind you your v
report proof the economy is improving. mitt romney calls it a sad reminder the economy is at a virtual standstill. >>> big news out of the district about the speed camera fines. what anyone who drives in d.c. will want to hear, trust me. good morning and welcome to news 4 midday. i'm keith russell. >> i'm barbara harrison. it's friday, november 2nd, 2012. we begin with two developing stories. police shot and killed two suspects one in d.c. and the other in stafford. we begin with a man stabbed an officer. megan mcgrath is live on the scene from the latest from washington's brookland section. >> reporter: when police repond to 911 calls they are not sure what they are going encounter, what is going to be happening on the scene when they arrive. that was certainly the case this morning. a veteran police officer and his partner were in harm's way responding to a domestic assault call here. the officers were attacked by the suspect. one fired in self-defense. police chief kathy lanier hugged one of her officers on the scene. investigators pick up a hoels ere and place t in the trunk of an
at home. that's the right path. so read my plan, compare it to governor romney's... and decide which is better for you. it's an honor to be your president... and i'm asking for your vote... so together, we can keep moving america forward. i'm barack obama and i approve this message. >>> tonight the final push, the obama and romney campaigns hit the streets today and the phone lines. trying to get out the vote. good evening, everybody. jim is on assignment. the sprint to the finish line is on and the presidential campaign with two days to go. the race about as close as it gets. latest nbc news "wall street journal" survey out, has president obama leading mitt romney nationwide by 1 point. 48% to 47%. both campaigns crisscrossing the battleground once again. their candidates or runningmates stopping in eight states. the president right now in colorado, mitt romney right now in newport news, virginia. news 4s, darcy spencer talked to volunteers in the commonwealth work long hours to get out the vote. darcy. >> reporter: working the phones until 9:00. thousand out working on doors. virgi
all in the studio. >>> mitt romney heads to virginia today. the republican presidential nominee has three events scheduled in the commonwealth. he'll begin the day with a rally in roenick. from there, he hits richmond. he'll wrap up the day with a rally in virginia beach. romney was supposed to campaign in virginia on sunday but cancelled those events because of sandy. president obama will visit wisconsin, nevada, and colorado before ending the day in ohio. the president has not campaigned in three days, as he could joefr see the government's response to sandy. >>> you can expect more lines like this tonight in maryland, tomorrow as well. polling centers for early voting are open until 9:00 tonight. some voters say they waited for more than three hours yesterday to cast their ballots. early voting was postponed monday and tuesday because of sandy. governor martin o'malley extended voting through tomorrow and ordered polling centers to stay open three hours later. >>> in virginia, fairfax county is extending its in-person absentee voting hours. you can now vote from 8:00 in the morni
're nice and clear. >> thank you, danella. >>> at 6:02, president obama and mitt romney now have just hours to convince undecided voters to support them. it appears every vote will count in this hotly contested election. the race is a virtual tie according to the final, nbc news/wall street journal poll. the president leads his republican rival 48%-47% among likely voters. that is well within the poll's margin of error. >> the race is just as tight in virginia. president obama leads mitt romney by 1% in the same poll. that's also within the margin of error. the president holds a super slim half point lead in the real clear politics of average. the candidates will face six battleground states. president obama travels to ohio, wisconsin, and iowa. mitt romney will campaign in ohio today as well and make two stops in virginia, including one this afternoon at george mason university. the republican presidential nominee will also hold rallies in florida and new hampshire. both candidates are making their closing arguments to voters. >> ultimately, it's up to you. you have the power. you will be
argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in suburbs of columbus and cincinnati. romney, campaigned across virginia yesterday. >>> nine more people diagnosed with fungal meningitis in an outbreak linked to tainted steroids injections, the center for disease control says almost 4 million cases reported in 19 states. the agency also dropped the death toll from the outbreak from 29 to 28, noting that virginia is reporting two deaths instead of three. one person died in maryland. the fda is investigating the pharmacy that made those tainted shots. >>> two stations closed this weekend because of track work. starting tonight at 10:00, rosalynn and arlington cemetery stations will be shut down. crews will install fiber optic cables, and buses will replace trains. on the red line, single tracking between twin brook and grovener and forest glenn and tacoma. everything back to normal by monday morning. >>> and temperatures from the lower 30s to the mid 40s right now. the model facing criticism because of what she did in the middle of a disaster zone. >>> he asked, do you want to d
for the folks who sent you. >> reporter: in the meantime, mitt romney is ending with a last minute round of campaigning. he started casting his ballot at a polling place not far from his home. then back on the campaign trail in pennsylvania and ohio. >> feel great about ohio. >> reporter: romney's focus on is state is not a surprise. he spent more time campaigning there than any other state. no republican has won the presidency without carrying the mid western battleground. he'll return to boston to wait out the results. >> this is more than our moment, it's america's moment. the purpose and optimism. now, we are almost home. one final push and we'll get there. >> now, the president ended last night's event in iowa saying it's out of my hands, now it's in yours. he made an unexpected stop in hyde park. he's got a slight lead. romney campaigners remain confident and insist they are ahead. >> thanks for the update, melissa. >>> well, if the rest of the country votes like dicksville, new hampshire does, we could be in for a long night. they voted at midnight. for the first time in the histo
live. three days and counting. president obama and governor romney make their final appearances in battleground states as we inch closer to election day. this morning, the results of our new polling in the states that just might decide this election. >>> and, welcome erica. say hello to the newest member of the "today" family, my new co-anchor erica hill. we can't wait for her to get started today, saturday november 3rd, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012. with lester holt and erica hill. live from democracy plaza. >>> and a big good morning to everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt here on democracy plaza, our home for nbc's election coverage, all the way through tuesday. but i am right now pleased to welcome my new co-host erica hill. great to have you here. before we get started, there is a bit of a tradition we like to do to welcome you folks. jeff, please. >> and erica hill. >> that has a nice ring to it. i'm not going to lie. >> when you heard the -- your heart beats. >> it's true, that music. someone as
is not change. >> the latest "des moines register" poll has romney leading obama in the hawkeye state. >>> and later, the team is set to wear throwback uniforms from the 1937 redskins, the year the team boved from boston to d.c. and won their first championship. part of the annual homecoming game. helmets are designed to look like old-school leather. the redskins kick off against the panthers at 1:00. >> i really like the look. i know you're going to the game. so jealous. >>> 6:08 the time right now. good sunday morning. coming up next in the half hour of news 4 today. >> live from democracy plaza with moderator of "meet the press" david gregory. >> and how long the cool temperatures will last. storm team 4 meteorologist chuck bell has your sunday forecast next. anncr: it's said that character is what we do... when we think no one is looking. mitt romney: believe that they are victims. anncr: mitt romney thought no one was looking when... he attacked forty-seven percent of americans. his companies shipped jobs overseas. his plan cuts millionaires' taxes, but raises yours. he'll vouche
jobs. we don't have an income. mitt romney made over 100 million dollars by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building my own coffin, and it just made me sick. [ male announcer ] priorities usa action is responsible for the content of this advertising. >>> we need more food. we need more resources. so anyone who's listening to this in the city of hoboken or neighboring towns who can get to us, we ask you to come and deliver your supplies. >> desperate pleas for help from towns in new jersey, as they struggle to recover from the ravages of sandy. danielle lee with more on the massive cleanup there. >> reporter: many of those popular new jersey communities people like to vacation to still completely cut off from the rest of society. officials saying it is just not safe to go over there. when you walk around toms river where i am, just constant reminders of damage caused by sandy. a boat just sitting along the road. a piece of a couch. their homes were ripped apart. later today, we expected many of the first respond w
. right now, the campaign for the president is heating up with time running out. mitt romney is campaigning in virginia just five days ahead of election day. the republican nominee was joined by george allen this morning in roanoke. romney will visit richmond and virginia beach. he told supporters this country cannot afford four more years of president obama's policies. >> do you want four more years when earnings are going down? >> no! >> how about four more years of gridlock in waington? >> no! >> there's no question in my view that we really can't have four more years like the last four. i know that the obama folks are chanting four more years, four more years. our chant is this, five more days. five more days. >> five more days until election day. romney was supposed to campaign in virginia sunday. he canceled the events ahead of sandy. president obama will campaign alongside president clinton and dave matthews. the president is back on the campaign trail today. he's on his way to wisconsin as we speak. he'll visit nevada and colorado today. the president took a three-day
polls open across the country. time running out for president owe became kr and mitt romney, kicking their campaigns into high gear. nbc's brian mooar has the story. >> hello, bristol. >> former president bill clinton may have been losing his voice. >> he has done a good job with a bad hand. >> reporter: in virginia, he spoke up for president obama, trying to soften up a critical swing state. >> we made real progress, virginia. >> reporter: governor mitt romney trying to hold down iowa, a battleground state where he has fallen five points in the latest polls. >> with the vote of the people of iowa, we can't lose. >> reporter: the candidates cross paths within hours of each other as they barn stormed iowa and six other tossup states. making the final arguments in the last weekend of this campaign. the president was joined by musicians john mellencamp and katy perry, mitt romney got a boost from richard petty. >> this is what you hear when you're in a nascar race, right, richard? >> reporter: the candidates are just beginning their blitz of the battleground states. governor romney, cam
heat. a cnn poll finds mitt romney holding a slight lead over president obama, 48-47%. while a new gallop poll shows a majority of americans think president obama will win reelection. >> hundreds of voters waited in the dark and the cold tonight to help decide the presidential race and weigh in on three big issues in maryland. early voting resumes in maryland after sandy. lines wrapped around buildings this afternoon. some people waited three hours to vote. early voting in maryland will be extended until friday and polling places will stay open until 9:00 p.m. >> coming up tonight, a traffic nightmare up in new york as they struggle to get back to a normal day after the hurricane. >> one man wanted for three attacks in our area. >> heightened police presence this halloween. we are live as super heroes and goblins are on the streets of georgetown. >>> investigators are looking for 25-year-old lawrence stuart, ii. he is suspected of throwing homemade pipe bombs into three different houses in staff ford county and in fredericksburg, yesterday. his intended targets were his exgirlfrien
massachusetts governor mitt romney's 200 electoral votes, this without florida, which is still considered too close to call with 97% of the precincts reporting, although president obama does have a narrow lead. >> the president picked up many battlegrounds states, including virginia, colorado, and the all important ohio. he declared victory to an ecstatic group of supporters in chicago. the president was joined on stage just like four years ago with the first lady and their two daughters. >> shortly before that, governor romney addressed a crowd of disappointed supporters. they both said in their speeches that now that the election is over. it is time for republicans and democrats to work together. >> at a time like this, we can't risk partisan bickering and political posturing. our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the nation's work, and the citizens have to rise to the occasion. >> you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. in the weeks and coming months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve to
, and also springstein, bon jovi, and many others. >>> obama, romney, and countless political candidates around the nation present their final arguments on who you should vote for and why you should vote for them this final weekend before election day. >>> plus, the final details of what really happened on the 9/11 benghazi terror attack. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, november 2nd, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm lynn berry. a horrific week for the northeast and mid-atlantic states continues to unl fold. 94 people are confirmed dead in the u.s. from sandy. more than 4.5 million still don't have power, but that is down from a high of about 8 million. some of the biggest cries for help are coming from new york's statin island where the super storm has claimed at least 19 lives. among them, two little boys, brothers. a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old. their bodies were found in a marsh on thursday. their mother's suv was washed out by rising waters during the hurricane. >>> people living on that island told nbc's ann curry, support has been far too slow in coming. >> eve
, romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. in fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life. this issue's important to me, but i'm more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. i voted for president obama last time, but we just can't afford four more ars. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. >> announcer: and now, from washington's leading news station, this is news 4 at 11:00. >> tonight, at 11:00, the long road to recovery. millions still without power. gas lines growing longer every hour. and, now, the threat of another storm for the east coast. >> plus, a new clue as police continue to look for the man responsible for a sexual assault on a popular trail. >> one-on-one with the ex-wife of the beltway sniper. >> they don't consider me and our children to be victims. >> why some people blame her for the shooting spree that left 10 dead. >> more reaction tonight to the mayor's decision to cancel this weekend's new york city marathon. mayor bloomburg says he will not allow controversy over that even
of it all. mitt romney has three stops today in the commonwealth. while president obama is hitting three other swing states. news4's steve handelsman is on capitol hill with the latest on this final stretch. >> reporter: jim, good evening. both sides now, this close to next tuesday, have their eyes a little bit on some other states that they either hope or fear might alter the election calculation. it's that close. but the nine swing states still matter most. mitt romney went to virginia, a swing state where the polls show the race tied, and made his closing argument. >> if the president were to be reelected, you're going to see high levels of unemployment continue, and stalled wage growth. if any wage growth at all, just like we've seefr over the last four years. >> reporter: his new ad is positive. >> mitt romney understands business, knows how to create jobs and get our economy moving. >> reporter: but the former governor's path to a win looks difficult. in today's nbc news marist poll, romney's down by 6% in ohio, closer in new hampshire and wisconsin. that's where air force one went
>>> good morning. down to the wire. president obama and governor romney in a dead heat on the final day before the election. the candidates making their last-minute pitches in battleground states >> turn out for me. we'll win ohio. we'll win this election. >> paul ryan and i will bring real change to america from day one. >> less than 24 hours to go, both have a clear shot at victory. what will decide this race? we have it all covered from our election home on democracy plaza today, monday, november 5th, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from democracy plaza. >> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning, and welcome to democracy plaza. i'm mate lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. this will be our home for a couple of days. after a year of campaigning, a billion dollars spent, maybe more, it's anyone's guess who will come out on top tomorrow night, if we have a decision. >> if you don't like to fly you wouldn't like to be a presidential candidate. governor romney and president obama l
more from storm virginia. traveling with the romney campaign from >> reporter: brian, good evening to you, believe it or not we are less than 100 hours away from election day. there will be a rally here in virginia beach, he was joined by the man who is trying to unseat president obama, who tonight is campaigning out west. bounding down the steps of air force one in wisconsin, president obama today tried to make up for lost time with swing voters, returning to the campaign trail, adopting an inclusive tone. >> when disaster strikes, we see america at its best, there are no democrats or republicans during a storm, they are just fellow americans. >> reporter: launching a frantic five-day battleground tour, mr. obama hammered his opponent as a candidate who can't be trusted. >> governor romney has been using all his talents as a salesman to dress up all these same policies that failed our country so badly. >> reporter: charging into virginia, mitt romney, who softened his attack during the wake of superstorm sandy, had more to say. >> you will see high levels of unemployment continue
help. walk with me to a better future. >> romney is not giving up on winning pennsylvania either. he campaigned just outside philadelphia last night. president obama still leads in most polls in the keystone state in pennsylvania has voted for the democrat in the last five elections. >>> new jersey's governor says he is still voting for mitt romney, chris christie reiterating his support for the republican nominee. chris christie has been one of mitt romney's biggest supporters but has praised the president for his commitment to safety. >> on tuesday i'm voting for mitt romney because i think he's done a great job, but it doesn't mean i can't turn to the president of the united states of america and say thank you, sir, for providing help in a crisis and to extend my hand of friendship to him. >> romney is extending his hand of friendship to christie as well. >>> d.c. voters are making their voices heard early and often in this election. a record 52,000 residents voted early this year. that is more than double the number of people who voted early in 2010 when early voting began in d.c
. republican candidate mitt romney holding campaign events today in ohio and pennsylvania. >>> the race for the white house takes top billing, but local ballots will be crowded with deviivisive issues and somewhat confusing questions this morning. good morning. welcome to "news 4 today" on election day, november 6th. >> you will want to bundle up in case you get stuck outside. temperatures plunged. 20s, 30s, all throughout the area. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here to break it down. >>> good weather for voting on this election day, 2012. thankfully, we don't have a lot of wind because it is freezing cold all around the region. those areas with aittle bit of laughter in western maryland and west virginia, down into the upper teens. el kins now at just 20 degrees. elsewhere, the dark blue areas in the 20s. that includes just about all of maryland, all of virginia. the only places above freezing are right near the bay waters and right along the tidal potomac. reagan national at 35. we have just a few clouds drifting through this morning. thankfully, we have a light wind. as w
but is heading back here to washington tonight. >>> mitt romney doesn't see it that way. he says the report indicates the economy is at a standstill. at a rally in wisconsin today, he told supporters mr. obama in his words never truly understood how jobs are created ithe economy. from wisconsin romney moved on to multiple campaign stops in ohio. analysts say he must win ohio to win the presidency. the latest polls show a tight race there. president obama having a slight advantage over mr. romney. >>> wl, with just four days now to go, both candidates are choosing their final campaign stops carefully. in battleground virginia it will play a prominent role again this weekend. northern virginia bureau chief julie carey tells us what both sides are doing now to win the commonwealth. >> reporter: with four days to go campaign offices are gearing up for their most intense weekend of all. the final push to turn out voters. at this fairfax county gop office, volunteers and staffers kept the phone banks going while preparing for the weekend's door-to-door work. at the obama office in manassas a simi
more frayed. >>> four days to go, president obama arrives in ohio overnight and governor romney heads there as well as both camps brace for this morning's all-important jobs report and the impact of sandy looms large over election day. >>> and walk this way. new yorkers in need of a lift are about to get one on our plaza. the countdown has begun for aerosmith's first ever morning show concert today, friday, november 2nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> good morning, everyone. i'm savannah guthrie. this has been a hard week around here, but it's nice to have something to smile about this morning. aerosmith here on the plaza. >> a confession, i walked outside a second ago as they were rehearsing to see steve tyler behind a microphotograph and joe perry walking up and down the stage. this is just a destruction. the death toll from sandy has risen to more than 90 people. there's a lot of talk about the situation in new yor
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